Friday 26 December 2014

"You can't get good cocaine in this town? It was a joke - based on fact!"

Controversial sports pundit Eamon Dunphy maintains that he has no regrets

Barry Egan and Freya Drohan

Published 10/06/2014 | 16:20

Controversial sports pundit Eamon Dunphy maintains that he has no regrets.

But would he do everything the same again? “Certainly not”, he says.

From sports stars to politicians and the media, many people felt the burn of his fiery tongue over the years.

Speaking to Barry Egan about his most notable one liners, the 68-year-old journalist spoke about his infamous 1998 quote “you can’t get good coke in this town”:

“It was a joke…..based on fact”, he said, “but no one ever caught me with stuff - I always fessed up”.

Dunphy publically denounced his recreational drug habit after the fatal overdose of his friend Gerry Ryan in 2010.

A media personality who always courted controversy, Dunphy stands by most of his outspoken quips.

Speaking about Roy Keane’s suitability as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland football team, he said:

“His CV as a manager is unimpressive, and he didn’t work for over two years before Martin O’Neill gave him the chance to come and work with the Irish team”.

Dunphy believes that Keane was right to quit ITV’s World Cup coverage team.

“Martin O’Neill needs an assistant, who’ll be going to matches every Saturday..watching all the Irish players, seeing how they’re playing… that’s Roy Keane’s job so he can’t be doing another job at the same time”.

The analyst did have some good things to say about the football player that he aggressively defended after the 2002 World Cup debacle:

“He has the chance here to rehabilitate and learn, and maybe he will be a good manager. I certainly think he’s a great footballer, and I like him”

“He does add to the gaiety of the nation, and for journalists he’s the gift who keeps on giving”.

Keane isn’t the only footballer in Dunphy’s good books at present.

Niall Quinn, whom he previously labelled a “creep” and an “idiot”, is now heralded as “all things to all people”, a “saint”, and a “national treasure”.

“I think Niall might be president of Ireland one day - he has those qualities- he always says what is popular”.

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